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[IP] Hot tub and diabetes...

Don't know how many of you saw this when it came out but I just saw it and
could not resist posting:  http://www.msnbc.com/news/312414.asp

Sept. 16 —  Help for the 14 million Americans suffering from diabetes may be
as close as the nearest hot tub. A small pilot study reported in Thursday’s
New England Journal of Medicine suggests that soaking in a hot tub for 30
minutes a day for a three-week period can reduce blood sugar levels by 13

THE TREATMENT worked so well for one of the eight volunteers, he had to reduce
the amount of insulin he was taking by 18 percent to avoid having his blood
sugar level fall too far.

Dr. Philip Hooper of McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, experimented
with the hot tub therapy in hopes that it would mimic the effects of exercise,
which is already known to reduce the need for insulin.

Hooper said the “results suggest that hot-tub therapy should be further
evaluated as a therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It may be
especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise.”

The volunteers, who had been suffering from diabetes from three to 14 years,
also “reported improved sleep and an increased general sense of well-being,”
he said.

But the treatment was not without its drawbacks. The patients had to be
routinely helped from the tub when the water temperature exceeded 40 degree
Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) because they became dizzy after they stepped
out of the tub and tried to stand.

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